Prep 25 mins
Cook 45 mins
This is a really good recipe. Even my picky daughters love it.
- 1 1⁄4 lbs ground beef
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 18 large pasta shells
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup taco sauce
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 1 1⁄2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
- 1 cup sour cream
- In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add cream cheese, salt and chili powder; mix and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Toss cooked shells in butter.
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Fill shells with beef mixture and arrange in a 9x13 inch baking dish; pour taco sauce over shells. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove dish from oven and top with Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and tortilla chips; return dish to oven to cook for 15 minutes more.
- Top with sour cream and guacamole; serve.
Enjoyed it, but would have liked it more, perhaps if "kicked up" like another reviewer suggested, by adding corn/rice to the meat mix for more variety, still, we ate it all up!
I added corn and rice to the meat so that there wasn't SO much meat and it rounded out the meal even more. It still had the same flavor, just a little extra surprise in with it. Just a tip.
I made a double batch of this casserole, one to give to another family. My shells were al dente at 9 min. and very stable to fill. I used half ground turkey/beef and an 8oz pkg. of cream cheese total. I also topped with Fritos, tucking some under the cheese layer, too. I made this earlier in the day and when I heated I added a few tbs. hot water to the bottom of the pan, because it looked like the shells were a bit dry. This was real tasty and different from regular tacos, too. The cream cheese helped keep the filling from falling out of the shells. I served with corn in buter sauce (by Karen) and refrig. bead sticks. Thanks Looneytunesfan for posting. I loved your photo, too! Roxygirl